human being in incarnation is a blend of new and old. The new is the
allocation of life, the incarnation itself with the tasks and
opportunities created by supplier of that life, the soul. The soul is
reflected or, better, represented in the highest levels of the
personality. The old is the lower substance of the three bodies of our personalities: thought forms,
emotions and physical properties and that we are recycling on behalf of
the human family that generated them. Quite properly we call them our own,
and for the purposes of this lifetime they are; they are our share from
the collective stock pot and in our personalities they meet with the new
in order to be raised up and absorbed. i.e., redeemed.
the twentieth century, the West began to take up eastern ideas of
reincarnation with enthusiasm and added its own touch of drama which is a
characteristic of the individuating process. But we are in the
Twenty-first century now and are perhaps sufficiently replete with
self-dramatizing reincarnation fantasies to be able to focus on what is
what is important is the ideas that the old and the new meet in the
personality and that our lower bodies are repositories of memories. For
there to be progress the new must absorb the old.
order to know what is progressive in the context of our own lives we have
to be able to recognize our new identity and identify memory, because the
memories will try and restore themselves. When this happens there is not
redemption there is only recurrence. Memories are quite capable of taking
over a lifetime and crowding out those qualities that pertain to the
rightful identity. To a greater or lesser extent, this will happen in the
life of a person with no
concept of progress and who is guided by a sense of familiarity. It is for
this reason that spiritual development is to be understood as a
responsibility because through it we enhance our ability to redeem the
past on behalf of the human family and on behalf of our planet.
astrological terms it is the difference between having the Sun as the
central organizer of the chart or having the Moon take over that function.
The Sun, Uranus, Neptune and the ruler of the Ascendant are the
representatives in the personality of the Soul. Saturn will serve either
luminary , the Sun or the Moon, either the present or the past, although
its natural ally is the Moon. It has to be made to serve the Sun. Planets
that are in positive aspect to either luminary or are disposited by it
will be disposed to help it.
memories housed by our personalities are of two kinds: mental impressions
and emotional impressions. The mental impressions form the deepest strata
of memory and they are represented in astrology by Saturn. The emotional
impressions are represented by the Moon. Jointly they comprise our
inheritance and they are responsible for the assumptions that we have
about ourself (the Moon) and about life (Saturn).
understand our inheritance and to assess how it stands to help or hinder
us in the realization of our true identity which
is a transformative process is central to the Foundationsí approach
to horoscopy. It is important for anyone seriously engaging with spiritual
development to understand that the making progressive decisions (i.e.,
decisions that will move the life on in the right direction) is going to
involve a lot of discomfort because they issue a challenge to our assumptions and what familiarity makes
comfortable. This is why the
feel-good factor is such an unreliable gauge of a progressive decision and
why approaches to spirituality based upon it will simply have us turning
round and round within old patterns like a fish in a tank because we will
reject anything that we do not like or that conflicts with out assumptions
about the way thing should be.
said that a man cannot jump over his own knees (the knees in astrology are
governed by Saturn) and, for this reason, he said that a man must have a
teacher if he wished to escape the trap of his own personality.
fortunately, our personalities are more than our inheritance; they also
contain that which is new
. If we can recognize what that is and what it requires to make it grow in
strength, feeding it on a daily basis in the intelligent living of our
everyday lives, then our knees may be made to bend before the Sun and the
soul, and the soul aligned personality is not a prisoner of past.
was teaching and writing a hundred years ago and was greatly influenced by
Gnosticism, a very old but very sound system of transformation. That we
have this opportunity that he could not see is because of the lives that
have passed on since then and whose struggles with the concept of
individuality for self-definition and self-mastery we are benefiting from
is the important thing to understand about reincarnation: it is a process
of recycling that serves the purposes of human development and will enable
our efforts to benefit future generations.